Assessment of Suicidal Ideation and Behavior: Report of the International Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology Consensus Meeting

July 21, 2017

News Type:  Weekly Spark, Weekly Spark Announcement

The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry has published a report of the International Society for Central Nervous System Clinical Trials and Methodology (ISCTM) consensus meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to develop consensus recommendations for assessment of suicidal ideation/suicidal behavior (SI/SB) in clinical trials. Meeting participants found that a major barrier to advancement of the field of SI/SB research and the development of new treatments remains the lack of a universally accepted, standardized nomenclature and classification system. They concluded that achieving alignment on definitions and classification of suicide-related phenomena is critical to improving the detection and assessment of SI/SB, the design of clinical trials for new treatments, and effective public health interventions.